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Director Jon Turteltaub Circling Shark Movie ‘Meg’

Jon Turteltaub is in early talks to direct the shark action movie “Meg” for Warner Bros., sources confirmed to Variety.

Dean Georgaris is writing the screenplay based on Steve Alten’s novel “Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror.”

Belle Avery will produce the pic through her banner Apelles Entertainment, and Colin Wilson is producing through Maeday Productions. Eli Roth was attached but recently left the project.

Gerald Molen, Wayne Wei Jiang and Randy Greenberg are exec producing. Gravity Pictures will co-produce and co-finance the movie and distribute it in China.

The book revolves around two men who band together to fight an ancient shark threatening the California coast. The Megaladon, considered one of the largest and most powerful predators in history, can reach a length of 60 feet.

This time around the shark will be terrorizing the coast of China rather than California — a change that helped in bringing on Gravity Pictures as a co-financier. Drew Crevello and Cate Adams will oversee development for Warner Bros.

Originally set up at Disney in 1997, “Meg” fell into limbo after the studio was unable to get it into production before another shark pic, “Deep Blue Sea,” hit theaters.

Turteltaub, repped by WME and Oasis, last helmed “Last Vegas.” Deadline Hollywood first reported the news.

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